It’s back! An all-star slate of epic proportions! 15 total matches, 11 men’s and four women’s fights will be held today in Austin, TX. Check back here early and often for real-time updates!
2022 NWCA All-Star Classic
The first whistle is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern! Below is the bolt sequence:
125: Pat McKee (Minnesota) v Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)
133: Lucas Byrd (Illinois) v Michael McGee (State of Arizona)
157: Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) v Will Lewan (Michigan)
197: Jacob Warner (Iowa) v Rocky Elam (Missouri)
285: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs. Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State)
191: Kelani Corbett (Missouri Valley) v Sydnee Kimber (McKendree)
170: Yelena Makoyed (North Central) v Jessie Lee (Life)
184: Aaron Brooks (Penn State) vs. Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa)
141: Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) vs Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado)
143: Adaugo Nwachukwu (Iowa Wesleyan) v Alara Boyd (McKendree)
109: Peyton Prussin (Life) v Emily Shilson (Augsburg)
165: David Carr (Iowa State) vs Quincy Monday (Princeton)
165: Dean Hamiti Jr. (Wisconsin) v Keegan O’Toole (Missouri)
149: Sammy Sasso (State of Ohio) vs. Austin Gomez (Wisconsin)
174: Carter Starocci (Penn State) v Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)
It’s almost time! Blogging perch secured. I am flanked by the great Mark Bader on my left and the inimitable Shane Sparks on my right!
5 minutes out! pic.twitter.com/P32AwULNuz
—Andrew Spey (@SpeyWrestle) November 23, 2022
125: #3 Pat McKee (Minnesota) v #12 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)
1st Period: These guys are used to being the first game of an event. Terukina represents the state of Iowa through Hawaii, McKee is a local product from Minnesota. Good action but no scores after a minute. Terkuina hits a sweep single, but a strong chest wrap from McKee defends. Still no points. 1 minute left in the period. Another shot from Terukina, he’s deep in it, but McKee cartwheels over and scores the takedown. Impressive counter from Pat. Solid drive by McKee, Terukina stays pretty close to the mat for the last minute and McKee has a 2-0 lead and 55 seconds of driving time at the break
2nd period: McKee picks bottom. It gets up and turns off after about 15 seconds. A few shots from Terukina, reattack by McKee. Knee pick straight back. McKee jumps on the head. Terukina may have thought they went out of bounds, but McKee drags his toe. Adjust, barely within limits, and there’s the trap! Pat McKee wins first All-Star Classic fight since 2018 via pinfall!
Patrick McKee is a dangerous man!
He kicks off the All-Star Classic with a fall over Kysen Terukina. pic.twitter.com/cZ2EpFAknO
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) November 23, 2022
133: #5 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) v #4 Michael McGee (State of Arizona)
1st period: McGee comes out in a Sunkist Kids freestyle singlet. Byrd wears the traditional Illinois shirt with a Block I. All of that is allowed since these matches are exhibitions. It is also why they wear red and blue anklets instead of red and green. No scores halfway through the 1st period. Byrd with the first piercing strike with about a minute left. And he converts for two, McGee tried to roll but Byrd had sniffed the move. McGee escapes after 28 seconds RT. 2-1 Byrd leads at half time.
2nd period: Byrd chooses down. Can be built into a quad pod. And Byrd is out while retaining 3 seconds RT in his favor. 3-1 lead for Illinois. Another good shot from Byrd, he has one leg, McGee goes over the top, grabs some corners, no cross lock. There is a struggle. McGee’s close by. No score! Time passed and Mark Perry, in the corner ahead of McGee, throws the challenge stone. Thorough review and call confirmed. No takedown, still 3-1 Bryd.
3rd period: McGee under and a stand to a granby and McGee is out in about 10 seconds. 3-2 now, RT doesn’t matter. Last minute of regulation, still standing. No stall calls for either wrestler. McGee attacks in a rage. Byrd doesn’t let him get close and Byrd takes the 3-2!
157: #4 Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) vs #2 Will Lewan (Michigan)
1st period: Andonian is appointment visit and Lewan is as tough as they come. Should be fun, though, duh, they all should be. No scores after one minute. Andonian curls up and unleashes a deep double, but Lewan pulls him up with overhooks and stops the attack. No scores if we fall short. And a perfectly timed double from Lewan scores with just 6 seconds left in the period. 2-0 as we go to half time.
2nd period: Lewan starts under and he’s out in 6 seconds, so the RT clock reads triple zero and Lewan has a 3-0 lead. Another double by Lewan but Andonian blocks him. Bryce hits an over-under bodylock. Lewan fights his way out. Good flurry in short time but no scores. Another flurry as the clock hits zero, still 3-0 Lewan.
3rd period: Andonic with a twist at the bottom. He is out quickly, 3-1. RT plays no role. Lewan not afraid to go upper body. Some good spells but still 3-1 with a minute left in the rules. Andonian picks up the pace, but Lewan won’t let him lock anything tight. Time passes and Will Lewan wins 3-1!
One takedown is the difference – Will Lewan gets the 3-1 decision over Bryce Andonian pic.twitter.com/vyQx7O3X7W
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) November 23, 2022
197: #2 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs #4 Rocky Elam (Missouri)
1st Period: Our first of two consecutive fights with Hawkeyes. Warner was an NCAA runner-up and three-time All-American last season. Elam is a two-time All-American. This is the first collegiate meeting between the two. Warner walks to ‘Fat Bottom Girls’, Elam ends up to the Rocky theme song. Elam singles early and scores quickly. Warner out quickly, Elam lead 2-1. Collars and hand combat, not much level changes in the next 90 seconds. The period ends with no more scores, still 2-1 Missouri.
2nd period: Elam on bottom. False start and caution on Rocky. Clean start, Warner lifts and returns. It takes a few tries, but Elam is knocked out after about 30 seconds. Elam in on a shot. Pat with 44 seconds on the clock, 3-1 Elam. We break for blood, it seems it comes from Elam. We’re at it again. No scores to end the period, still 3-1 Elam, RT no factor.
3rd period: Warner starts at the bottom. It’s in and out in 4 seconds. Great substitution, attack Elam, reattack Warner, both almost score. Another attack from Elam, he has a leg, he chews the clock and the elimination on the edge. 5-2 Elam now and he has a 3 point lead with 52 seconds left at the restart. Warner blows the whistle and immediately cuts him off. Shot by Elam, he leads 6-4 and wants to use this clock. Warner responds and the Iowan captures! 6-6, Warner on one leg, he gets hit with a stall call, but it’s worth it, because the period ends and we go into overtime!
Sudden victory: Warner intrudes. Elam sinks below and repents for victory! 8-6, and a complete win for the Missouri Tiger. He will likely move up to #2 in the nation after that win.